The groundbreaking news today in the world of medical science, is that the Dubai Health Authority has this week (24-2-18) showcased their first fully autonomous AI medical fitness centre.
The unit aims to provide medical fitness assessments and occupational health screening facilities using artificial intelligence without any human intervention.
Artificial Intelligence has been improving the quality of medical diagnoses now for a few years, and this is nowhere more immediate, perhaps, than in the field of medical imaging.
Medical images are widely used in many aspects of crucial, life changing care; echocardiograms, CT scans, mammograms, and x-rays, for example, map out the body and help doctors to chart a course for a resulting care plan. Imaging precision has improved as a result of technological advancements, but crucially, machines like IBM’s ‘Watson’ are producing diagnostics with way better success rates than human doctors.
On top of that, AI is being used to correlate medical records by compiling and analyzing information to assess likely conditions and outcomes via the analysis of Big Data. But this doesn’t just extend to analysis. AI can also be used in actual healthcare delivery.
Tech startup Sense.ly has recently developed ‘Molly’, a digital nurse to help people monitor a patient’s condition and follow up with treatments, between doctors’ visits. Molly uses machine learning to support patients, and she specialises in chronic illness.
Developing pharmaceuticals through clinical trials is another process that traditionally can take years, and cost millions of pounds. Making this process faster and cheaper could change the world. A recent example of this was during the recent Ebola virus resurgence in Africa, a program powered by AI was used to examine elements of existing medicines that could be redesigned to fight the disease.
The program took just one day to discover two drugs that that could reduce Ebola infectivity; hitherto, analysis of this type has taken months or even years.
Leaving aside the obvious AI implications of hyper-personalisation of health monitoring devices (e.g. fitbit, Apple watch etc) it’s not difficult to see how ‘Doctor AI’ will soon be the ‘go-to-guy’ when you’re poorly.
The HealthBot will see you now…
April 2018 Published in Forbes